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First Lady Michelle Obama’s new year will start off with a bang as she celebrates a milestone.
January 17th marks the 50th birthday of Mrs. Obama and according to the Chicago Tribune, the white house plans to have a dance party.
The gala, to be held on Saturday January 18th, will be called “Snacks & Sips & Dancing & Dessert”.
Save the date emails are being sent out, and guests are being instructed to wear comfortable shoes, eat before they come and practice their dance moves.
You can read the rest on ESSENCE.com. Can you even imagine being invited to the Michelle Obama’s 50th birthday bash? We’re excited at just the thought of it!
Both: Yeah. Absolutely. We’re married. Mrs. Obama: We’ve been married for — I mean, we’re married. Do you go through the list of things that irritate us about each other? President Obama: That’s the nature of marriage. You have to respect each other. You have to like each other. You have to be honest with each other. But it’s not always going to be smooth sailing. And there’s some work involved. And there should be work. And — there are gonna be tensions.
Mrs. Obama: Oh we’re not gonna — we’re not gonna talk about that. Pres. Obama: We’re not gonna put her business out there. Mrs. Obama: She does what every — every normal teenager does. You know, we think about not just her life here, but her life after. Because she’s gotta be an independent, strong, smart, capable woman in the world. So, she has to get her training now.Mrs. Obama added that in terms of social media, the girls are very limited in their usage. Because she’s older, Malia is allowed to use it some but Sasha, only 13, is not allowed to be on social media. In terms of business, both President and Mrs. Obama say that his low approval ratings are part of the job and people won’t like everything he does. Now, Barbara took it further asking if he thought Mrs. Obama would have made a better President and based on Mrs. Obama’s semi-laugh and facial expressions, Barbara really tried it with that question. President Obama took the political route by saying she would have, but Mrs. Obama quickly refused that one:
Mrs. Obama: I absolutely don’t agree. You know, he has a level of patience and — and focus — and tenacity and calm, you know, that just doesn’t come by anyone. I definitely don’t have that patience.Finally, one of the big questions is what will they do once his second term is over. Will Pres. Obama continue in politics?
Mrs. Obama: That’s a no. Pres. Obama: I think it’s fair to say that I’ve run my last campaign. I won’t be in another elected office. Will I continue to care deeply about issues we are working on? Absolutely.They both agree that where they will live will be decided, in large part, by what Sasha wants to do. Malia will be in college, but Sasha will only be a sophomore in high school so they want to make sure she’s good. You can check out more of the interview here.
I think the fall is going to be a promising time for black film. We’re already anticipating the sequel to “The Best Man” in November and from the looks of this first trailer for Lee Daniels’ “The Butler,” October will bring good things are way as well.
We’ve heard a lot about this new cinematic feat — most recently because of Terrence Howard’s comments about Oprah’s tig ‘ol bitties — thankfully, this film is so much for than that. “The Butler” is the story of Eugene Allen, the African American White House butler who served several presidents over his 34-year post before retiring as head butler in 1986. Forest Whitaker plays the rple of Allen, but he is far from the only big name in this feature film. Oprah Winfrey, Robin Williams, David Oyelowo, Colman Domingo, John Cusack, Alan Rickman, Jane Fonda, Melissa Leo, Liev Schreiber, Jesse Williams, Aml Ameen, Lenny Kravitz, and Cuba Gooding Jr all have parts in this gripping story that, as you can see from the trailer, is about much more than Allen, capturing race relations between blacks and whites from the ’50s through the ’80s and how that shaped Allen’s own family dynamic.
I’m personally pretty excited about this one, and I think it will be much better received than “The Help,” although criticism has already reared it’s ugly head due to the subject of servitude. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think? Will you head to the theater to see this October 18?
WORK! Michelle Obama Covers Vogue And President Obama Speaks On How Loving Her Made Him A Better Man
“Our job is, first and foremost, to make sure our family is whole. You know, we have small kids; they’re growing every day. But I think we were both pretty straightforward when we said, ‘Our number-one priority is making sure that our family is whole.’Michelle also talks about the man her husband is, and why he’s so damn cool–aka, relatable for many people:“The stresses and the pressures of this job are so real that when you get a minute, you want to give that extra energy to your fourteen- and eleven-year-old. . . .”
“I’ve tried to explain this guy to people over the years, but there is a calmness to him that is just . . . it has been a consistent part of his character. Which is why I think he is uniquely suited for this challenge—because there is a steadiness. And maybe it’s because of his Hawaiian upbringing—you go to Hawaii and it’s Chillsville; maybe it was because his life growing up was a little less steady, so he had to create that steadiness for himself . . . but he is that person, in all situations, over the course of these last four years, from watching the highs and lows of health-care reform to dealing with two very contentious, challenging elections. . . . The most you get from him is ‘You know, that is gonna be tough. . . .’ There are a lot of times I can’t tell how his day went. Unless I really dig down. Because when he walks through that door, he can let go of it all. And it just doesn’t penetrate his soul. And that’s the beautiful thing for me to see as his wife. That was one of the things I was worried about: How would politics affect this very decent, genuine, noble individual? And there is just something about his spirit that allows all that stuff to stay on the outside.”I also love the back and forth between these two, as they talk in the interview about the early struggles in their marriage of getting adjusted to each other’s personalities, but how years together have made them better people. And funny people too:
POTUS: “There’s no doubt I’m a better man having spent time with Michelle. I would never say that Michelle’s a better woman, but I will say she’s a little more patient.” FLOTUS: “I would say I’m a better woman. You couldn’t say it.” POTUS: “I couldn’t say it,” he says. FLOTUS: The First Lady looks at me: “It’s good that he learned not to say that.” And then turns and looks at him and smiles. “Don’t say that.”*Sigh* I just think they’re amazing. And the article about the couple in April’s Vogue is pretty amazing too, as it gives a behind-the-scenes look at what goes on in the White House and how they as a couple keep their heads with the spotlight constantly on their every move. They already came off as very human and relatable, but the article make you appreciate their down-to-earth personalities even more. Pick up the new issue when it hits newsstands on March 26. Photos courtesy of Vogue by Annie Leibovitz
It’s A Photoshoot! Michelle Obama And Her Bangs Are Shown Off In Official Second Term White House Photo
Just as President Obama had the chance to change things up for his second term photograph for the White House, so has his first lady, Michelle Obama. In her second term official photo, Obama is all smiles once again, hair looking luxurious, especially those layers and the wispy bangs we love so much. She shows off her pearls and her pearly whites at the same time while rocking a dark 3/4 length sleeve dress. This beautiful photo was taken by official White House photographer Chuck Kennedy and was done on February 12.
Whether or not these bangs were part of her “midlife crisis” as she so jokingly said, they’re bangin’ baby! So what do you think about the new official photo? And do you like it more or less than her first official photograph?
The honors keep rolling in for little Quvenzhane Wallis. Tomorrow, the 9-year old, Oscar nominated actress will attend an interactive Black History Month workshop at the White House. Among the attendees are the first lady, Michelle Obama, the cast and crew of Beasts of the Southern Wild and 80 middle and high school students from Louisiana and Washington D.C.
Members of the Beasts of the Southern Wild family will discuss their experiences making the film and how the inspirational messages in the movie can be applied to their everyday lives.
We can dig it!
In addition to visiting the White House Wallis will also attend Essence’s Women In Hollywood luncheon before the Oscars are awarded on February 24.
Another White House Exit: Obama’s Head of The Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships Departs
Yet another person is leaving President Obama’s administration. Obama’s official liaison to faith-based organizations, Joshua DuBois, 30, has decided to call it quits in order to write a book.
While Obama said he urged DuBois to stay on, many D.C. insiders say that the agreement was mutual.
DuBois headed an office that was expanded significantly from the George W. Bush years, reports The Washington Post. But despite the growth of the office, many criticized DuBois for a lack of experience and a lack of follow through.
DuBois was just 26 when appointed by Obama to run the Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. The Office works with 12 federal agencies. The staff increased from about 30 to 45 during DuBois’ tenure, and Obama formed a faith-based advisory council of leaders from faith-based social service organizations. “It led college campus programs on interfaith issues and worked to help faith-based programs helping fathers. It also created a program to train State Department workers abroad on religion and foreign policy,” reports the Post.
Obama changed the course of the office, which was started by President George W. Bush. Under Bush, the office “proved contentious because many critics said the office and its actions often violated the constitutional separation of church and state,” says The New York Times. Obama, however, appointed advisory councils that represented a broad range of religious leaders, including conservative evangelicals and openly gay ministers.
DuBois, a Pentecostal minister, engaged religious leaders to address broad social goals such as reducing unwanted pregnancies, helping people cope with the economic downturn, encouraging fathers to take responsibility for their children, and improving child and maternal health.
DuBois also served as an unofficial in-house pastor to the president, sending Obama an e-mail each morning with Bible passages intended to prompt reflection or prayer. DuBois will author a book of devotionals for leaders based on the ones he sent the President each day. DuBois will also be teaching at New York University. He also aims to create an organization to help government, nonprofit, and private institutions develop partnerships with religious groups to solve social problems.
This One’s For All My Haters: President Obama Unveils New Official White House Photo For Second Term
With a new term (and an inauguration to celebrate on Monday) comes a new official White House photograph, and President Obama is looking pretty good in his (that salt and pepper hair actually looks fab on him).
Released today, the photo was taken by official White House photographer Pete Souza, and it will replace the 2009 portrait, which displayed a more reserved President Obama, ready to get down to business. This new photograph, however, shows a more relaxed and confident President Obama, arms crossed, big smile on, letting people know, “Hi haters! That’s right…I’m back!” On a side note, this was the first presidential portrait taken with a digital camera according to Jezebel.
I’m all for this photo, because after fighting tooth and nail for most of 2012 to get a second term in a narsty election cycle, the President deserves to smile. He can finally focus on the things he needs to without worrying about what his detractors have to say about him or trying to please any and everybody. He’s got his second term. And that should be the motto for this new photograph: “I GOT THIS!”
Are you loving the new official White House photograph for President Obama?